Cisco and Molina Healthcare Launch Telemedicine Pilot

  • Cisco
  • Telemedicine
  • Telepresence

LONG BEACH, CA and SACRAMENTO, CA  -- Cisco announced a telemedicine pilot program initiative with Molina Healthcare, two community health centers in San Diego, and the state of California to provide health and wellness services to underserved communities. Within six months, more than 15 sites will be equipped to deliver telemedicine primary and specialty care services using Cisco HealthPresence, a telemedicine solution that combines video, audio and medical information. As part of this program, Cisco is contributing $10 million of product, services and support.


In the pilot project, Molina Healthcare and the two community health centers will deliver primary and specialty care via telepresence; the University of California at Davis is planning to join the project as well. This care-at-a-distance network will give patients access to doctors and specialists equaling or exceeding an in-person medical visit. Cisco HealthPresence, which includes integrated diagnostic equipment, facilitates doctor-patient experiences that are more participatory and immersive than in-person visits or earlier telemedicine initiatives. Through the use of high-definition cameras and electronic scopes, patients can see and listen to the medical examination in the same way as the clinician, allowing for more informed interactions. HealthPresence also enables members of a patient's care team -- primary care provider, specialist physicians, care manager, family members and others -- to meet in real time, regardless of location or distance. This supports better care collaboration and patient management.


Although HealthPresence has been piloted for two years in clinical settings, this initiative serves as a proof of concept for Cisco and its partners to demonstrate the value of a telemedicine network connecting facilities across the state, in real time, for patient care and education, as well as clinician-to-clinician consultation or education.


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